Stephanie Shaver

Sometimes Writer Always Extremely Online

About Me

Hello, my name is Steph. I’ve been writing and publishing since 1988 and I’ve been in the games industry since 1996. I wrote a little bit more on the About Me page. This is my sometimes-updated website. Enjoy.


  • Watermelon Rinds and the Demons of Burn Out

    Watermelon Rinds and the Demons of Burn Out

    As I pickle watermelon rinds, I’ve been contemplating how to write about my burn out. Like you do. Turns out: Working for your “dream company” for a decade burns you out when your dream ends up collapsing in on itself. You stand on the edge of the pit of a smoking crater, staring down the… Continue reading

  • I’m ready to talk about Jim

    This is Jim Crider. He died on Tuesday. I was a dirtbag teenager. I did dirtbag things. I didn’t get better until my mid-20s. Jim was my friend anyway. I never met Jim in person. We knew each other through GEnie, which was an online service. We were both heavily active on what was called… Continue reading

  • Thoughts on “Good Intentions”

    Thoughts on “Good Intentions”

    The next Valdemar anthology is Anything With Nothing, and “Good Intentions” will be in it. Pretty confident I can say that, even if I haven’t signed the contract, since I just accepted all the edits and sent them my bio. It’s a Khaari story, for those of you wanting a Khaari story. For those of… Continue reading

  • Another Year, Another Story

    This year’s story started out with a pitch about how I wanted to write about the Sankebetsu Bear Incident — except, y’know, in Valdemar — and because my editors are those flavors of madlad they said yes. I mostly stuck to the proposal this time. Where I messed up was in the voice I initially… Continue reading